Patriots beat Dukes for 9th straight time
GEORGE MASON 74, JAMES MADISON 63
Sherrod Wright scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds, and Jonathan Arledge had a career-high 19 points as George Mason led wire to wire in a 74-63 win over James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va., on Saturday, ending a two-game skid and sweeping the season series.
The Patriots (13-9, 6-4 Colonial Athletic Association) avoided their first three-game losing streak since the 2009-10 season. They defeated the Dukes for the ninth straight time, including 68-57 on Jan. 15, and snapped James Madison’s four-game winning streak.
George Mason scored the first 11 points for its largest advantage and led 32-27 at halftime.
The Dukes (13-11, 7-4) cut the Patriots’ lead to one point twice, the last time at 62-61 with 4 minutes 19 seconds remaining. Arledge (KIMA) answered with two free throws and Corey Edwards made one. After Devon Moore’s foul shot closed the gap to 65-62 with 2:27 left, George Mason finished the game on a 9-1 run.
Moore’s career-high points led James Madison.
AMERICAN 68, LAFAYETTE 64: Stephen Lumpkins scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the host Eagles past the Leopards in Patriot League play.
Daniel Munoz added 12 points and John Schoof ( W.T. Woodson) 11 for American (8-14, 3-4), which shot 52 percent (23 of 44) from the floor. Lumpkins was 8 of 10 from the field and combined with Munoz to make all 16 of the Eagles’ free throws.
Schoof ’s three-pointer with 6:47 left in the first half broke a 14-all tie and sparked a 15-2 run for American. Lumpkins capped the run with a threepoint play.
Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette (11-13, 4-3) with 18 points and Bryce Scott went 5 of 5 from three-point range for 17 points.
American, which snapped a two-game skid, held a 31-22 rebounding advantage.
BUCKNELL 69, NAVY 54: In Lewisburg, Pa., Bryson Johnson scored a season-high 20 points while Mike Muscala added 11 points and matched his career best of 19 rebounds to help the Patriot League-leading Bison defeat the Midshipmen for their third straight win.
Johnson hit four of his six three-pointers as Bucknell (19-4, 6-1) opened up a 16-point before taking a 34-22 cushion into halftime.
The Bison led by as many as 24 after the break.
Kevin Alter scored 15 points and Worth Smith and Brandon Venturini added 11 apiece to pace Navy (7-16, 1-6), which has lost four in a row and 10 of their past 11.
SAVANNAH STATE 52, HOWARD 42: In Washington, Rashad Hassan scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half to lead the Tigers to their seventh consecutive victory, beating the Bison in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
Hassan’s three-point play with 6:21 remaining broke a tie at 38 and started a 10-0 run for the Tigers (12-9, 6-1). The senior forward made 8 of 12 shots from the field and all eight of his free throws.
Brandon Ford (Gwynn Park) scored 13 points and Mike Phillips 11 to lead Howard (4-18, 1-7), which has lost six in a row. Hoyas women fall
In Louisville, Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and the 12th-ranked Cardinals held Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers to only six points in a 74-60 Big East win against the Hoyas.
Rodgers, the nation’s secondleading scorer at 23.7 points per game, made just 2 of 17 shots and missed all seven of her three-point attempts. It was the senior guard’s lowest total, and first game below double figures, since she scored six on Nov. 19, 2011 against Houston.
Slaughter scored 14 first-half points, then began the second with a three-pointer to give Louisville (19-4, 7-2) a 36-29 lead en route to its fifth consecutive win.
Katie McCormick led the Hoyas (13-9, 4-5) with 21 points — 18 in the second half.
LAFAYETTE 49, AMERICAN 47: Maddie Peabody’s jumper with 1:39 left turned out to be the winning basket for the Leopards in a Patriot League game in Easton, Pa. that the Eagles led most of the way.
Emily Homan had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to lead Lafayette (10-12, 3-4). Jen Dumiak was the only player in double figures for American (12-9, 5-2) with 12 points.
NAVY 61, BUCKNELL 40: In Annapolis, Kara Pollinger scored 16 points and Chloe Stapleton and Jade Geif added 13 each as the Mids shot 50 percent in the first half and cruised past the Bison.
Navy (13-9, 6-1 Patriot League) held Bucknell (13-9, 4-3) without a field goal for the game’s final 7:27.
HOWARD 53, SAVANNAH STATE 41: Saadia Doyle scored
16 points, Chey Curley-Payne added 11 points and 12 re bounds and the Bison beat the visiting Tigers.
Though it shot only 32 percent from the floor, Howard (12-8, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) forced 21 turnovers by Savannah State (6-15, 1-7) while committing only five.